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Friday, July 19, 2019 1:00 am

Rape charge filed in home break in

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her home. 

Charles C. Marcum II, 47, of the 300 block of West Superior Street, is charged in Allen Superior Court with burglary and two counts of rape. 

Police were called to the home – the address is redacted in court documents – around 4 a.m. Sunday by a neighbor who said a man was trying to get into the home and knocking things over on the porch. He got in, a probable cause affidavit alleges, and the woman told investigators she awoke to find Marcum on top of her, holding her down. 

The woman's son was in the same room, according to court documents. 

Marcum, who was charged Monday with misdemeanor breaking and entering, was reportedly found by police in a closet inside the woman's home. He denied raping the woman in an interview with a police detective, the affidavit states, and said “he was trying to find his old home that his ex-wife had gotten a divorce.”

Evidence found on Marcum's clothes link him to the crime, police said.

A probable cause affidavit filed Monday for the misdemeanor case includes similar details including Marcum entering a home and being found inside a closet. That document states he first told police he was hiding from his ex-wife but changed his story. 

The misdemeanor charge was dismissed Thursday, court records show. 

Each of the rape charges is punishable by up to 16 years in prison, and the burglary charge carries a penalty of up to 12 years behind bars. 

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